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Kia Spectra, Kia, Hatchback, Sedan
#92 of 107 aut2no-you best be gettin' used to ignoring the
Oct 03, 2002 (7:25 pm)
Kia naysayers, they come a DIME A DOZEN. Frankly Kia and Hyundai(too bad I can't say Daewoo anymore but I like the Lanos replacement called Kalos they are building!)are the only carmakers that I love! You should look at the new Rio for 2003 or grab an '02 Kia Spectra at a bargain price. Both the Spectra sedan and hatch look pretty nice to me. I'm a 2001 Kia Sportage owner but I test drove an '01 Optima(liked it) and looked at the Rio Cinco wagon and the Spectra twins long and hard before choosing the Sportage. Happy hunting!
Oct 06, 2002 (12:13 pm)
My poor spectra was hit by a 18 wheeler truck that was driving in a restricted zone at my company, in other words a no truck zone. Ill let you and everyone know that the little car gave me no problems when I had it and was just as good as the other little compact hatch economy cars out there. Now I have about 10 kia oil filters and no kia car. Next car will be a spectra or elantra but the spectra hatch is much cheaper than the elantra hatch. Maybe I should go with the sedans.
#94 of 107 caesarslegion-maybe go with a Spectra sedan....
Oct 07, 2002 (8:05 pm)
I see a couple of them on the street on my way to work pert-near everyday. There's one near where I live that looks great-it's the same color as my '01 Sportage(Pepper Red). It really looks sharp. Kia has kept their standard up with this sedan of superior styling over all Japanese, American and, yep, German sedans. Are you getting closer to being able to serious-shop for a new one?
Oct 07, 2002 (11:50 pm)
I test drove both the Elantra GLS and GT before I bought my Spectra GS Hatch. If you got the green, get the GT. Otherwise, the Spectra handles better than the GLS, although the GLS has more power. Could spend money(struts, springs) to make GLS handle better, but just a little bit of $ for strut bars will dramatically improve Spectra handling(so I heard on streetkiaz.com). For me deciding factor was Hatchback.
Oct 08, 2002 (3:00 pm)
The insurance and everything is taken care of. Im looking and I think any time between now and Christmas is when Ill buy a new one. Im going to look at a hyundai elantra and see how it holds up to my spectra that I had only a short time. Ive been working long hours so Ill try to keep in touch. Talk to ya later.
#97 of 107 legion-are you looking at the Elantra GT or the
Oct 08, 2002 (8:01 pm)
standard 4-door Elantra sedan? I would go for the Spectra but you've already had one-I can see why you'd want to try the Elantra out. It sure gets some respectful articles written by journalists about it.
#98 of 107 CD player
Dec 18, 2002 (8:57 am)
My brother's girlfriend picked up her Spectra GSX hatchback Monday. Everything is working except the AM/FM/CD. It is on but there is no audio. I wonder if there is a code. They wouldn't mess up the unit. And they have to order a new and replace it this weekend at no charge. What a disappointment! I am glad my Sorento works fine and got no problem.
#99 of 107 lok888-that's what The Long Haul warranty is for!
Dec 18, 2002 (10:40 pm)
Their job is to make the after-purchase totally right for her. She'll have her stereo working fine by weekend's end for no charge.
#100 of 107 Re: CD player
Dec 27, 2002 (9:39 am)
The AM/FM/CD player is working when it arrived to the service. They properly figure out the password or code on the CD player. They didn't need a new unit. By the way, if you have a dead battery or have it disconnected, you need to go back to the service. I don't remember the service gave him the code for the unit.
Dec 31, 2002 (7:46 pm)
I can't believe how well it runs. In fact, I keep checking out ALL the KIA sites to justify my spending almost $12K. I couldn't find a maintenance free vehicle....the closest I got was a 100K mile warranty.